Abu Dhabi’s rich literary projects catalogued at London Book Fair

April 7, 2014 4:47 pm

A high-powered literary delegation from Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is heading to the British capital to participate in the 43rd edition of The London Book Fair being held from April 8 – 10, 2014, promoting the emirate’s literary and cultural projects to more than 1500 publishers from around the world.

Priority will be placed on the authority’s hosting of the 24th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) to be held in the nation’s capital from April 30 – May 5, 2014. Attracting more than 1050 publishers this year, ADIBF is one of the fastest-growing book fairs in the region, with a professional programme highlighting the latest developments in book publishing and the related industries by benefiting from the expertise of the region’s leading publishers.

Abu Dhabi’s participation will also shed light on the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the Arab world’s most prestigious awards honouring writers and intellectuals, and the authority’s Kalima translation project, under which the latest and most important books are translated from many different languages into Arabic.

Attention will also be placed on the authority’s initiatives to support the book industry through a series of publications by the National Library, such as The Orient Pioneers series which undertakes the task of publishing Europe’s Oriental travel literature, in addition to specialised publications by local and Arab researchers, and translated works from other languages.

According to the ADIBF delegation, a high profile presence at leading international book fairs is a vital promotional component and a great opportunity for networking and forging collaborative links.

“The London Book Fair is one of the world’s most prominent professional book fairs. It brings together the most notable publishers, literary and rights agencies, and representatives of other leading book fairs and national libraries. Our participation will offer a valuable opportunity to sign several memoranda of understanding to reinforce our interest in supporting the book industry and making books more available to all segments of society, as well as supporting local publishers, and creating the appropriate professional environment to further develop this vital sector,” said Mohamed Al Shehhi, delegation member and Director of Research & Publishing at the National Library.

The London Book Fair comes hot on the heels of a successful participation at the 16th edition of the Bahrain International Book Fair, held in Manama from March 27 – 6 April, 2014. The Authority’s publications – particularly those part of Kalima translation project and the National Library – generated a wide interest from visitors.